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Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA

About Tiffini

I offer a fun, interactive teaching style that encompasses more than 20 years of performing and 15 years of teaching experience. As a performer I have worked as a professional singer, actor, musician, and dancer. I have always had a passion for teaching, directing, and composing. While my love for performing has lessened over the years, I have found my true calling: teaching, directing, and helping others to find their passion for music and the performing arts.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a special emphasis in music, theatre, dance, and psychology. I am
a graduate candidate working on completing my thesis as my final requirement for a Masters of Arts degree in Music at San Diego State University.
Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

*** Lesson Details ***
Good technique, styling, and musicianship are VERY important but you have got to have FUN learning and performing! I channel and encourage each student'€™s creativity while helping them to learn to use their gifts as expertly as possible. My students can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in commercials, in the movies, and in professional regional theatre throughout the United States. I have proudly seen many of my students go on to pursue higher education and careers in music, theatre, and dance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio/Office: desk, piano, mirrors, sound system, chairs, extensive collection of sheet music and arts related books.

Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***

Voice: Speech Level Singing, Broadway music, Popular music, Classical, Speaking
Piano: Classical, Improv, Harmonization, Songwritting
Acting: Theatrical acting, Acting for the camera, Voice over, Comedy, Improvisation
Other: Conducting, Ear Training, Performance Coaching, Audition Coaching, Music Theory
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Jill B. June 29, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Tiffini has been an extraordinary instructor. She definitely has a positive approach to her teaching and makes you feel very comfortable. Thank you Tiffini for your patience and guidance.
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Jill B. March 19, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
I thought Tiffini was amazing. She made me feel so comfortable and she knew exactly what type of training would benefit me most for my goals. I look forward to my future lessons with her!
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Ann B. February 20, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
I couldn't have asked for a better instructor because I was primarily looking for patience. I have a long time fear of singing and singing in front of people, Tiffini is very patient and easy to work with.
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Tiffini L.

Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA 92025
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starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Ruben D.

Vista, CA

About Ruben

Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music.
Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and p
erform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.

Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.

Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.

*** Specialties ***
Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical
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Christina N. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
I can't say enough about how wonderful Ruben is! My son took weekly guitar lesson's with him for 8 1/2 years, and it was truly the best experience ever. Ruben's an incredible guitar player and passes on his great knowledge at every level. He's very personable, patient, and not only gets to know his student's strengths but where they need to work to help them grow as a musician. Ruben is an extraordinary teacher, and also became a great mentor and friend. We're so Appreciative and Thankful for him!
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Stephanie R. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My 9 year old son has been taking lessons with Ruben for a couple of years now. Ruben's patience is nothing short of amazing. He is so wonderful with my son and has instilled a love for music in him. He is an incredible teacher.
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Eric O. June 5, 2015
Guitar · In studio
My son took lessons from Ruben for several years - including being in a rock band led by Ruben. Talk about fun.

Ruben was always prepared and had his lessons planned out. Calm, patient and very skilled. He set a great example for kids and adults.

I would highly recommend Ruben for any type of Guitar lessons you need!

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Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
(18)
starting at
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Diane G.

Bonsall, CA

About Diane

I love to teach the violin and fiddle. I really enjoy working with adult beginners to help them discover music. You are never too old to learn! My specialty is working with young children and youth to establish a wonderful foundation for the student. I work to incorporate, into the lessons, a strong sense of musicianship with both the violin and fiddle. I am a structured teacher, one that is helpful, friendly and fun to work with. In working with young children, I encourage the parent to be involved with the lessons...to partnership, so that the child will progress and have an enjoyable ex
perience. I use a modern approach in selecting books for each student.. books that inspire and encourage the student at his/her skill level and age. I discuss the various books with the parent and together we make a decision on the books used to help the child learn in his/her best way. Having taught several string instruments during the past 15 years...I understand the importance of passing on musical knowledge to brave adult beginners and to children and their parents who are starting out on a musical journey. . Music lessons can be a wonderful "corner stone" to help build confidence, creativity and explore new beginnings in learning a musical instrument. Music lessons also boost reading, math and critical thinking skills. Lesson are but a series of building blocks that bring joy and confidence to the young and old. Believe in music for life! Come take lessons and we will explore a musical journey together on the violin or fiddle.
In the past 10 years, I have taught violin and fiddle privately at my home studio and at various music camps, festivals, violin workshops and classrooms around the US. I continue to take private, classical violin lessons and go to music education seminars and workshops. In addition, for the past 20 years, I've attend music camps and week long workshops around the US. These camps, workshops and festivals focus on the various violin both for adults and children and for fiddle, traditions such as Old-Time (Southern) Appalachian, Scandinavian, Scottish and Bluegrass. Several of the workshops I go to yearly focus on classical violin playing and teaching for both adults and children. I play in a community string orchestra on a weekly basis for the past 8 years with a classical repertoire. I also continue to take private fiddle lesson with a classically trained violinist who is a professional fiddler. I'm continually learning so that I can pass information on to my students. Come "fiddle" with me and learn this exciting instrument.
I am now retired from nursing having spent 30 years in the nursing education field.
I would enjoy working with you or your child to help you or the child discover the joys of music making tailored to your goals on the violin or the fiddle. Besides teaching, I'm involved with my husbands business, Bobs Violins and Bows. We restore, setup, rent and make violins. We also repair and re-hair bows and sell new and vintage restored bows. Our shop helps students as well as professional players. If you decide on lessons, please get in touch with us BEFORE you rent or purchase an instrument for the student .For children we have smaller size instruments. My husband is a professional luthier and sets up all instruments so you will be learning and playing on a good student violin. We recommend renting an instrument instead of purchasing one to make sure the student wants to continue to play and learn. For children: Violins come in fractional sizes and the child needs to be measured correctly to ensure a proper size. If an instrument is too big, this can lead to discouragement with not being able to play. If you sign up for lessons with me, contact us first before you purchase an instrument so that we can measure the student for the proper size. Learning to play on an instrument that is professionally setup and of the correct size will help the new student progress and they will have an enjoyable experience. Playing on a violin that is too big for a child can lead to injury or frustration for the student and parent.

*** Lesson Details ***
My violin/fiddle lessons start out with the basics for beginners. For a beginning student, the basic approach to good technique for the instrument is essential in developing tension-free playing. To give you an idea of the basics: how the violin and bow are held, good posture, producing great tone with your instrument, learning basic music theory (major and minor scales, arpeggios and note values), sight-reading music, aural training (learning by ear), rhythm, learning how to tune the instrument and instrument care. I always teach the violin parts, some history of the instrument and how to care for your instrument and put it away after each practice. I also teach the student how to practice and we go over a hand written practice sheet at the end of each lesson so they have a lesson plan from which to work on at home. If the student is a child, I review this lesson plan with the parent and encourage them to be active with the student during the week of practice.
What are lessons like for a student? I use a simultaneous approach to violin technique, in that everything connects. I teach through the very basics of building skills using a variety of warm-ups, exercises, etudes and pieces (tunes) from violin or fiddle books that are age and skill level appropriate. Together the student and I use hands on learning; listening to tunes/pieces by my playing the tune for them and by using music CD's. I teach sight reading and playing music from notation with skill building work books to read music and basic theory. I have the student play along with me on simple exercises. This incorporates a sense of fun and meaning for the student. I also incorporate ear-training (aural skills) in teaching children and adults, this builds confidence and joy in listening which builds musicianship. . I use a call and response method to help establish skill building in all areas of playing from tone production to intonation (playing a note to correct pitch) to learning tunes and pieces and to establishing rhythms and beginning improvisation. Call and response is: teacher plays and student plays it back. This is a fun way to learn for adults and children. This is creative teaching and learning methods where progress is made by the fact there is no right or wrong way...just individual progress that builds confidence. I'm a flexible and caring teacher in helping develop musicianship skills. I'm a very firm believer in practice and teach the student (parents of children) how to practice effectively. A written practice sheet is sent home. Progress can be accomplished with only 15-30 minutes of focused practice a day. I believe that the teacher is an essential force in developing good practice habits with a student so they can grow individually and really enjoy both learn and making music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a large, sun filled room in my home that is my studio. It is a smoke -free home. I have a music stand, good lighting, chairs, a tuner, metronome, a digital recorder, and several shoulder rests and chin rests to try out for individual comfort and play ability. In addition I have a music library of violin and fiddle books, CD's, videos and student articles of interest that I can share with my students. I also have properly set up violins of all sizes for rental for adults and children. Children need special sizes of violins to learn and play on so they will not become injured playing on an instrument that is too big for them. Buying instruments on Ebay or the net can be a disaster as they tend to not be setup correctly for playing and can also be of poor workmanship and materials. It's best to talk to a trained luthier or someone with knowledge before you buy an instrument. Beware of the VSO's....Violin shaped objects. Come fiddle with me. Stay tuned. Diane

*** Travel Equipment ***
I like my students to have a three ring notebook with folders inside and about 8 protective clear sheets so I can write down their assignment, notes and the handouts can be saved for reference. I give out lots of handouts and charts to help[ the student so they don't have to buy lots of different books. They in turn can write down questions for me for the next lesson. A good music stand at home is important so having a stand and a space for music is important for the progress of the student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching children ages 5 and up. I also love teaching adults. I prefer to use several method (tutor) books depending on the student, their skill level and their age. I use several different music theory workbooks as well, again appropriate for adults, youth or a young child.
I teach classical violin technique for beginners for a solid foundation in violin playing and branch out into fiddle tunes and styles if the student is interested in learning fiddling. Having a good background in violin technique and basic music theory prepares the student for any genres they wish to learn. This also educates them to the proper mechanics of tension-free and pain free playing that is very important for a beginning student. and for success and progress.
Come learn violin with me and have fun while progressing.
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Gerardo R. January 9, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
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Diane is a great Teacher.
We are very pleased that she is teaching our young daughter (12) to play the Violin. At the beginning we were a little bit nervous since this was the first time for my daughter to be in contact with music and it turned out to be great.
Diane has been very supportive, always finding better ways to reinforce the lessons and making sure her students understand every practice objective. She is patience, very flexible and she always emphasizes the importance of having fun while one learns to play an instrument. She works hard to prepare and keep a good record of every single lesson.
We are excited, but most important, our daughter is enjoying learning to play the violin. Thanks Diane!
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LauraM1 May 19, 2012
Looking forward to a new journey

Diane has been a Godsend! She is very patient and kind-hearted. She explains things in a way that is easy to understand; for a beginner this is very important. She teaches about the instrument and its history, as well as the music that comes from it - classical violin as well as the fiddle -- just what I was looking for. She is always encouraging, upbeat and willing to go the extra mile for those less knowledgable than herself. A wonderful teacher for both young and adult students.
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ChuckW March 5, 2012
I have had an excellent experience thus far. I thoroughly enjoy going to my lessons. Diane is patient, positive, knowledgable and fun to work with. I would highly recommend her to anyone considering learning to play the violin.
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Diane G.

Bonsall, CA 92003
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Laura W.

San Marcos, CA

About Laura

I teach voice, piano and guitar. My Music Degree from Point Loma Nazarene University is in Vocal Performance. I love what I do. I teach children through adults. I have lots of experience in worship
leading for church if that is of interest.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am easy-going, but I expect you to practice. I am thorough in my approach. For piano lessons, I utilize the Alfred method. I emphasize note reading and theory in each genre, whether taking guitar, voice or piano. I am currently using Hal Leonard's Guitar Method books for guitar and a few different things for vocal curriculum.
All lessons can be supplemented with what you are currently interested in or working towards. I enjoy helping prepare young people for their performances in theatre arts. Lessons can be combined, for example; if you are interested in both voice and guitar, you can take a longer weekly lesson and have both subjects covered! Weekly assignments are given and checked to see if done before proceeding to the next step! I do not recommend students come every other week. I recommend one lesson per week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar and books. Student provides their guitar during lesson and for piano, must have a piano or keyboard at home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping young worship leaders hone their gifts. I enjoy preparing people for their musical theatre performances.
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Breanna M. June 16, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Extremely patient and kind. The first thing my daughter said when she left her first lesson was how nice Laura is and how she learned a lot in her first lesson. We look forward to more lessons.
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Daniel S. December 10, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My experience working with Laura has been wonderful. She is a compassionate person with a beautiful voice and is quite experienced at providing guidance and techniques in improving my voice for singing. Her methods inculcate lifting up and elevating ones vocal capabilities, not tearing down or diminishing ones capabilities. I am very pleased with her professionalism and insight in how to work with and train my voice.
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Laura W. April 7, 2014
Guitar
Taught a retired math school teacher

Laura is a fantastic teacher! I'm delighted to learn to play the guitar and feel blessed to work with Laura... :-))

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Laura W.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA

About Ryan

Hi everyone! My name is Ryan C. and I am 22 year old pianist. I perform, compose, teach.... you name it! Essentially, I do all things music.

It is my personal belief that the study of music is an invaluable experience within a person's life. I believe that everyone can not only succeed at playing an instrument, but they can flourish and greatly enjoy the learning process itself. I strive to make the learning process as enjoyable as possible by bringing digital tools, interactive learning techniques, and a great attitude to every lesson.

**About Me**

My teaching style has been descri
bed as patient, gentle, yet straight forward and to the point. This unique combination of traits allows me to identify exactly what needs to be worked on in lessons, yet communicate it in a manner that is not intimidating to students. I hope you will find that you agree :).

I have been playing for about 5 years and teaching for 2. Many of my students have progressed in LEAPS, and their technical and performance ability clearly demonstrates a commitment to excellence through their practice.

I am an honor's graduate from MiraCosta College where I received my A.A. in Piano Performance and Liberal Arts. I currently attend San Diego State University where I am majoring Music Education with an instrumental emphasis on Piano, and later plan on obtaining a Master's in Piano Pedagogy.

I am friendly, approachable, organized, and never late to anything.

I'm excited to meet you and get started learning some music!

*** Lesson Details ***

I am looking for students who are serious about learning and have a dedication to daily practice. If you feel that you are not able to put in the time it takes to progress, I may not be the teacher for you. With that in mind, if you DO practice consistently, you will progress quicker with me than you will with any other teacher.

I am looking for students aged 10 and up. Some exceptions will be made for younger students who have had prior private instruction on the piano.

Typically I'll teach lessons that are an hour or less in duration.

I teach piano lessons in a model similar to the following format.

1) Warm up with Scales / Arpeggios / Chords, etc. (As necessary)
2) Sight Reading
3) Quick Study / Etude
4) Repertoire.

Of course, during these 4 branches of study I give guidance, feedback, and critique. Much time is spent on Repertoire rather than the other areas. That is NOT to say that Scales and Sight Reading are not important: they are ESSENTIAL, but only so much work can be done on them during a lesson.

*** Parent Responsibilities***

With younger children, I find that it is much easier to have parents present to help keep their child focused during lessons. This may not apply to all children, but this will be at my discretion, so be prepared to stay if I find it necessary.

Let's face it: not everyone learning the piano actually wants to learn it. In my case - my mom made forced me to learn to play when I was younger. I completely understand that some children may have a hard time practicing consistently. However, I do ask that parents find time to set aside so that their children can get consistent, daily practice time.

*** Studio Equipment ***

I am equipped with two pianos.

1) A Yamaha Baby-Grand that is used primarily during lesson time.
2) A digital Casio Celviano that I use for recording purposes.

I also have microphones, digital recording plugins, and other software available for use.

*** Travel Equipment ***

I provide repertoire, flashcards, and supplemental materials at the first lesson. While I do have a MIDI keyboard, my other digital keyboard is not portable. While teaching lessons on-call, I expect that my students will have a piano or keyboard at their house.

I typically use the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Program books with my students as they explore a wide variety of genres and difficulty levels. I find that many of the music theory books are not beginner friendly, so I usually supply supplemental materials for my students for their music theory.
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Pamela D. May 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ryan is enthusiastic and energetic, which rubs off on my son. He has good communication skills and rapport with both my son and myself, and patience needed for teaching younger students. We both have been very happy with Ryan's lessons and I highly recommend him.
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heather G. January 13, 2015
Piano · In home
A RENEWED LOVE FOR PIANO!

Ryan has put the passion for piano back in my kids! About a year ago, my kids completely burned out on piano and had no desire to start back up. But then we found Ryan, and now they absolutely love playing and practicing.

I have a 12 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. They both adore Ryan and say that he makes learning piano fun. My son loves that Ryan finds fun apps for him so he can practice his piano notes on the iPad.

Ryan comes to our home for lessons. He is always incredibly timely (even arrives a few minutes early) and is always organized. If the kids have a question on a piece between lessons, he will FaceTime to help them through the work. He is great about using modern day technology to work with the kids in a way that they know and appreciate in order to teach them an instrument that is timeless. We cannot thank Ryan enough for putting the love of piano back in our children.
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Marco M. July 23, 2014
Piano · In home
Ryan is hands down one of the best piano instructors I have ever had. He's nice, upbeat, funny, very passionate about what he does, and is a GREAT teacher! Oh, he is also amazing at playing the piano ;) I am naturally a shy person, but from the very first day, Ryan's passion and playful personality made him very easy to be comfortable with, and makes me excited to play everytime. Whenever I mess up, Ryan is great with patience, and will spend as much time as needed until I am finally able to understand, and is more than happy to re-explain to me what in the world a staccato triplet is when my mind completely blanks out.

Overall, Ryan is really one of the best teachers you can find. Many of my other instructors spoon fed me the material and felt almost awkward and uptight to be with. But not only is Ryan fun to be around, but I have learned far more. He helps me as needed, but gives me an opportunity to figure things out myself and it has left a stronger impression on me as a musician. Every week he comes in and I learn something new each time. He challenges me with stuff I would have thought impossible for me to do, and makes me surprise myself with what I am actually capable of doing and makes me stronger, which I think every great teacher does. I am very thankful to have him as my instructor and guide through the fascinating world of piano playing (: I would recommend him highly.
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Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(12)
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